Crystal Joyce

Owner/Director/Choreographer

Crystal Joyce began her dance training at the young age of three at LeAnne Leslie’s School of Theatrical Dance where she later became a company member. She also trained with the Marblehead School of Ballet under Paula Schiff, Jeannette Neill’s in Boston,  and the Boston Conservatory.

Crystal received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from Dean College in 2004, where she had extensive training under well known dance educators including Jill Silverman, Nailah Bellinger, and Jeffrey Polston. She was a featured dancer with the Dean Dance Company for three years, as well as performing in numerous student choreography shows. While at Dean, she was the recipient of the Beryl Martin Memorial Scholarship in recognition of her accomplishments in Dance and Theater.

Crystal has been teaching dance for 20+ years, and has choreographed for schools, cheerleading squads, and theatre companies. Crystal also has a background in musical theater and has been in shows such as 42nd Street, Footloose, and had the lead role of “Cassie” in A Chorus Line. Crystal has performed many times in the Greater Boston area, including performing at the Boston World Trade Center as a back-up dancer for Isaac Hayes.

Crystal’s passion in life is the art of dance, and to share this with her students brings her the greatest joy!

Linda Vieira

Dance Instructor/Choreographer

Linda Vieira began her dance life at the age of 2 at Dance Class in Salem, MA.  Since then she has had the opportunity to train at several local dance studios as well as The Gene Murray School, Salem State University and Boston Ballet.  Linda trained at Dance Enthusiasm for 10+ years where she was an original member of their Dance Company and began her dance teaching career.

Miss Linda began teaching dance in 1994 and in 2004 opened Just For Kicks School of Dance; after many wonderful years she sold her studio to focus on her family.

She received her Bachelor’s in History from Salem State with a minor in Educational Studies. While at Salem State Linda participated in the Repertory Dance Theater as a choreographer and dancer.

Over the course of her dance career she has attended numerous master classes in dance and dance education.  Linda has received many awards for her choreography at both the local and national level.

Linda began teaching at Crystal Joyce Dance Academy in 2015 and is thrilled to be teaching at such a wonderful studio!

Emily Nelson

Dance Instructor/Choreographer

Emily started her dance training at the age of two at a local Massachusetts, studio. She continued her training as a competitive student at Kathy Medina’s Studio of Dance where she found a family, and a true passion for dance. During high school Emily was encouraged and pushed to reach her potential while dancing for Erica’s Dance Academy where she earned many awards in national competitions. Working to broaden her horizon, and improve her artistry Emily studied at a modern intensive at Columbia College Chicago. In addition, she has attended workshops across the country and internationally.

After dancing for the RPI dance club throughout her college career Emily started teaching in the northern Massachusetts area. She shares her love of dance and the movement arts through teaching all ages and all styles, including Acrobatics, Ballet, Contemporary, and Modern. Emily encourages dancers to learn the joy of dance, self-esteem, perseverance, and to work hard to achieve.

Courtney Connors

Dance Instructor/Choreographer

Courtney has been dancing for 19 years. She began her training at Broadway Dance Academy in Tewksbury, MA where she was a member of the competitive program and trained in various styles until graduating from high school. Miss Courtney went on to attended Westfield State University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education in May 2017. While at Westfield, she was a member of the competitive Jazz and Hip Hop dance team for four years; she was elected captain her junior and senior years. Courtney competed at the Universal Dance Association College Nationals in Orlando, Florida all four years on the dance team where they placed 6th in the Nation for Open Hip Hop for 3 of those years. She was also a part of the teams 10th consecutive win for the New England Championships. Courtney is very excited to share her love of dance at Crystal Joyce Dance Academy!

Sarina Ste. Croix

Dance Instructor/Choreographer

Sarina has been dancing for over 30 years and has been teaching since she was 14 years old. She was the captain of her high school dance team, and was asked to perform lyrical solos at The World’s Fair and Mayfair in Cambridge, MA. When she was 21 years old she took over The Dance Center of Waltham as the owner and artistic director. After deciding to move on from that studio, she has been teaching and choreographing for recreational and competitive students across Massachusetts for all ages. More recently she has been specializing in teaching the youngest of dancers, focusing on caregiver/child and preschool dance classes as well as the lead singer of the Rock-A-Baby music classes in Newton, MA. When Sarina is not dancing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and new baby girl. This is Sarina’s 2nd year teaching at CJDA!

Maria Tenaglia

Dance Instructor/Choreographer

Maria began dancing at the age of two under the tutelage of Helene Chapman. Through many years of formal dance training, she discovered her passion for teaching dance. With a degree in communication disorders, Maria is able to combine academic knowledge with her love for teaching dance. She is certified to teach classes for all ages including programs specific to individuals with unique abilities, inclusive programs, and classes for neurotypical dancers. Her specialties include tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet, and musical theater, among others. Maria regularly choreographs for both recreational and competitive students in various settings including schools and studios. Her work has been highly awarded in both regional and national settings. Maria sincerely believes that every person should have access to self-expression through dance, and is passionate about ensuring this opportunity is available to everyone, regardless of ability. This is Maria’s 2nd year teaching at CJDA!

Angie Hogue

Dance Instructor/Choreographer

Angie began her dance training at the age of 12 right here at CJDA, where she was a member of our dance and competitive teams. Her dance education included Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and Contemporary. In 2015 she became an assistant dance teacher for Miss Crystal. She is currently an Early Childhood Education Major at Salem State University, and absolutely adores working with kids. When she’s not teaching at CJDA, you can find her working at a daycare! In her free time she loves to read, enjoys Harry Potter and Disney movies, listens to music, and spends time with family and friends. Miss Angie will be teaching Creative Movement and Preschool Combo, along with working the front desk. This is Angie’s 3rd year teaching at CJDA!